This is Pandemic, from the defunct MMO Transformers Universe:
For those who never played, or don’t remember the game, he was an ambitious Decepticon with a sibilant voice, a fondness for viral weapons and two vicious drills. He transformed into a very sleek, vaguely snake-looking car.
This is Knock Out, a Deluxe-size Transformers Toys from the Beast Hunters subline of Transformers Prime:
What happens when you blend those two things? Well just look here after the jump…
Not too much to say about this custom, it’s just a repaint and some shapeways weapons: The drills are “Two Twisty Drills” by SteamShield, and were designed by their maker for converting Combiner Wars Rook into a custom G1 Twin Twist. They’re mounted on drill-engines whose design I copied from the game itself. My title of this post “Quick and Dirty” fits both for this custom, and for Pandemic himself. Hilariously, his face is basically perfect. All I did to his head was take a lick of gold paint to the red bits. The custom’s shoulders are a bit small, but the big shoudlers aren’t a critical part of the character’s design: it’s the sneer, the drills and the glossy purple chest that make him distinctive.
The paint scheme is mostly Citadel paints covered in Baufix lacquer; to emulate the video-game character’s shine, I gave Pandemic a couple of coats of high-gloss lacquer, so he looks almost wet and slimy.
Of course, there were no peg-holes in his arms originally, so I had to add some. Raised pegholes aren’t difficult to add, especially since there is an item on shapeways that does about three-quarters of the work. Again it’s by SteamShield, his 5mm Weapon Ports.
This Pandemic transforms quite nicely, although nothing is quite as nerve-wracking as transforming your hand-painted custom Transformer, and he doesn’t quite peg together perfectly in vehicle mode, due to paint on his pegs. Here’s his alt-mode in-game:
The features of Croc-Knock’s car mode that make him looks so crocodilian make a nice base for the reptilian (more snaky) features of Pandemic’s car mode.
Again, his finish is incredibly glossy, and looks like he’s covered in a thin layer of some sort of wax or slime. I just wish I was good enough as a photographer to show it on-camera.
Pandemic is a nice simple custom, and really didn’t prove too strenuous, but I learned a couple of things making him. Now my desk is properly clear, I can get back to work on the Quintesson…